[INDOLOGY] Buddhasrijnana's Abhisamaya commentary

David and Nancy Reigle dnreigle at gmail.com
Wed May 10 12:57:50 EDT 2017


Thanks, Jonathan, for this bibliographic information. I was just about to
write asking for it. Unfortunately, the 1973 Japanese publication that
would apparently include the Sanskrit text does not show up on WorldCat.
Japanese publications are notoriously hard to get in the U.S.A.

Peter, when you refer to Buddhaśrījñāna's commentary, the
Prajñāpradīpāvalī, you are apparently referring to Tohoku no. 3800. But you
seem to be saying that the Sanskrit manuscript is actually of a portion of
a different Prajñāpradīpāvalī commentary, one by Jñānapāda? If so, does a
Tibetan translation of it exist?

Then, you are saying that it is only chapter 8. I assume that this means
the last and eighth chapter of the Abhisamayālaṃkāra, which may or may not
be the same as a possible chapter 8 of the Prajñāpradīpāvalī commentary.

In any case, this text is of great interest. It had remained entirely
unknown to me. If you (or anyone) has a copy of the 1973 Japanese
publication that includes this Sanskrit text, I would be very grateful to
receive it. Thanks!

Best regards,

David Reigle
Colorado, U.S.A.

On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 10:21 AM, Jonathan Silk via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Maybe this is what you refer to?
> Nagao's review must be this:
>
> Tateshiro Ennō 健代渕応, *Abhisamayālaṁkāraśāstraṭīkā no Kenkyū*
> Abhisamayālaṁkāraśāstra.ṭīkāの研究 (Ōsaka: Shitennōji shiin Seikōin
> Kiyomizudera 四天王寺支院清光院清水寺, 1973). *Suzuki Gakujutsu Zaidan Kenkyū Nenpō*
> 鈴木学術財団年報  12/13 (1975/ 1976): 116–118.
>
> On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 2:47 PM, Péter-Dániel Szántó via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>
>> Dear Birgit,
>>
>> Thank you for your valuable notes. Perhaps I should've written a
>> follow-up email to this in good time.
>>
>> My friend Kazuo Kano came to the rescue -- and this is certainly not the
>> first time! Apparently the plates were passed on to Wogihara, and later
>> ended up with Kendai Eno'u (if this is the right spelling), who published
>> it in 1973. Nagao wrote a review in 1976.
>>
>> The text is indeed called Prajñāpradīpāvalī (actually, this is only a
>> part, the 8th chapter), just like its Tibetan translation, which is
>> attributed to Jñānapāda, but these are two very different texts!
>>
>> At first I thought that this must be the 'other' Buddhaśrījñāna, who
>> worked among the Gnubs, but then I started seeing quite exact parallels in
>> Abhayākaragupta's Munimatālaṃkāra (and therefore in Daśabalaśrīmitra's
>> Saṃskṛtāsaṃskṛtaviniścaya). I'm still not quite sure, but chances are that
>> this could be (a bit of) one of Jñānapāda's juvenilia, composed after his
>> study with Haribhadra (whose influence is undeniable), when he was at
>> Nālandā, before his (first) trip to the Konkan.
>>
>> Is Merī jīvan yātrā online by any chance? It would be wonderful to read
>> it, not only for 'our' interests, but also because it's considered, if I
>> understand correctly, the foundation of the Hindi travelogue.
>>
>> Many thanks once again.
>>
>> Yours,
>> Peter
>>
>> On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 1:29 PM, Birgit Kellner via INDOLOGY <
>> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>>
>>> In his Hindi autobiography "Meri Jivan Yatra", Sankrtyayan writes that
>>> he didn't have a camera suitable for photographing manuscripts at the time
>>> (the journey was undertaken in 1934), only a Rolleiflex (which at the most
>>> allowed him to take pictures of statues in monasteries).
>>>
>>> Moreover, he also had no facilities to develop the photographs in situ
>>> and therefore could not check whether they were ok -- and knew very little
>>> on photography at the time.
>>>
>>> He therefore took the trouble to transcribe everything that was
>>> important to him (like the Vibhūticandra ms of Prajñākaragupta's
>>> Pramāṇavārttikālaṅkāra, or an ms of Dharmakīrti's Vādanyāya).
>>>
>>> If, therefore, there is no record that he took photographs of the
>>> Abhisamayālaṅkāra comm. on one of his later journeys (1936 or 1938), I'd
>>> say it's very unlikely that there are any (usable) photographs preserved in
>>> Patna.
>>>
>>> With best regards,
>>>
>>> Birgit
>>>
>>> On May 5, 2017, at 8:39 AM, Péter-Dániel Szántó via INDOLOGY
>>>>> <indology at list.indology.info <mailto:indology at list.indology.info>>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> Rahul Sankrtyayan in his 1935 report wrote that he had seen and
>>>>> photographed a 27-folio ms. of Buddhaśrījñāna's Abhisamayālaṃkāra
>>>>> commentary in Lhasa.
>>>>>
>>>>> Does anyone know what became of these photos? They do not seem to be
>>>>> kept in the Göttingen collection (I checked Bandurski's catalogue
>>>>> relatively thoroughly).
>>>>>
>>>>
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